A Letter to Trump

Dear Donald Trump, I didn’t vote for you. Many others did and on Tuesday you were elected to be the next President of the United States. Congratulations. The next four years are going to be tough for you. Probably harder than you thought it would be, and it should be. I hope it ends up…

Fall in Portland

I’m writing this on Halloween morning. It’s cold and wet outside. Daylight Savings Time is next weekend, which means that winter is fast approaching. Winter sucks. I know there are people out there that live for winter, I don’t know any of them, but I’ve heard about them so I guess they exist. Sure, I…

Labor Day Weekend in Jersey

Every year I go back to Jersey to visit my family. For years, I would go back around Thanksgiving or Christmas alternating which holiday I would visit on. The last few years I decided it was time to change it up as costs and chaos around flying during the holidays is not ideal. Plus I…

Summer Time in Oregon

I’ve done a horrible job keeping up with the blog this summer. But that’s ok, because I was having a great time. I’m not trying to brag here, actually yes I am. Truly enjoying the people and nature around you has got to be what the whole point in life. Right? I’m fairly confident that…

Siouxon Creek Trail, Washington

Backpacking is the best form of outdoor adventures for me. It’s a combo of hiking and camping in one! I’m all about combinations. It’s like my thing. If I see a combo meal on a menu where I get to try more than one thing, I’m all in. That’s right. Give me all the food…

Cape Horn Trail Loop, Washington

It’s been the summer of gorgeous hikes. I guess all of my summers involve many gorgeous hikes. So that was kind of a pointless sentence to start with. Let’s start over. It’s been another great summer full of gorgeous hikes. The biggest difference being the awesome company and the milder summer weather. And it’s only…

Oregon Garden in Silverton, OR

Ok, I love gardens. Especially large ones with a variety of plants that you know is likely impossible to maintain in your own garden. Every time I travel I try to find out if there is some cool botanical garden to visit. I’ve been living in Oregon for 10 years now and until this year…

Coyote Wall Trail, Washington

I love going on the same hike in different seasons. The hike can look completely different from one season to the next. In the Pacific Northwest, there are so many wildflowers that come in different months that change the environment of the hike. I love that about the change in the seasons and even between…

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, Nicaragua

Put me on a boat in the sunshine with a frozen drink and I’m in a serious happy place. This adventure didn’t include the frozen drink, but it was still a pretty great happy place and I saw a lot of nature. Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve is known for it’s eclectic range of birds….

Las Penitas, Nicaragua

Just like most countries, Nicaragua is not the same throughout it’s beautiful land. The landscape changes as you move north and south, east and west and as the land changes so does the general vibe of the culture. In the Northwest part of Nicaragua, just 20 minutes West of Leon, is a small coastal town…

Granada, Nicaragua

Granada is a popular city in Nicaragua with a very Spanish colonial vibe. It is one of the more touristy cities in Nicaragua. A beautiful city with a lot of photo opportunities, gives this city a place on the map. It turned out to be my least favorite city out of the ones we went…

Laguna De Apoyo, Nicaragua

Willy Wonka said it best, “If you want to view paradise, simply look around and view it.” Too often I see people walking around looking at their phones instead of looking at all the beautiful things around them, sometimes unfortunately including people that love them. It’s OK to look at your phone and take breaks,…